8 Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Date Ideas in the Twin Cities

Updated February 9, 2023
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Valentine’s Day is about spreading the love, not emptying your pockets. Quality time with those you love is very important, whether they are a partner, a friend, a family member, a pet, or if you’re by yourself celebrating self-love! Here are a few Valentine’s Day date ideas on how to spend the day with those you love without breaking the bank.

Minnehaha falls iced over in winter

Minnehaha Falls

Although Minnesota weather can be dicey in February, there is no denying the beauty of the frozen falls at Minnehaha Falls. This is a great place to take a stroll and look at the beautiful winter scenery. This can also be a great photo opportunity, so don’t be afraid to snap some pictures with your loved one!

concert at First Ave

Seeking aRAVEments: A Valentine’s Day Rave

Hosted by First Avenue at the Fine Line venue on February 10, this rave is the perfect event for an adventurous couple or the fun-loving single. General admission tickets are only $15.00, so get them while you can. What a fun way to celebrate love! 

getting drinks for your Valentine's Day date ideas

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Tour

Although this event is a little spendier at $55 per ticket, you get cocktails and bites to eat included in the ticket price. When considering how much a Valentine’s Day dinner can cost, this cocktail tour could be a fun option. Hosted by the American Swedish Institute, explore historical and contemporary glass pieces through a guided tour. 

laugh sign for a comedy show in the Twin Cities area

Go to a Comedy Show

Laugh Camp Comedy Club is hosting Mike Brody and Sofia Bisbocci at 8 pm for only $15-$25 per ticket. If you or the one you love is a fan of laughter and stand-up comedy, this is the show for you! 

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When Harry Met Sally Screening in Minneapolis

If you are looking for Valentine’s Day date ideas after the day,  hosted on February 16, this is a particularly fun belated Valentine’s Day celebration! Watch When Harry Met Sally on the big screen at The Parkway. Enjoy live music before the movie, then settle in for a classic romantic comedy. Tickets are only $9 if you order them ahead of time, otherwise entry costs $12 at the door. All ages are welcome, but remember that this movie is R rated. 

Cupid Undie Run

Cupid’s Undie Run 2023

If you have a good sense of humor, Cupid’s Undie Run might be for you! This relaxed 1-ish mile run is meant for fun and fundraising. Giving to those in need is a great way to celebrate the holiday of love. Proceeds support the Children’s Tumor Foundation. After the run, enjoy the party! 

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Browse the Old St. Anthony’s Craft Market in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Craft Market is taking place on February 10 in the Machine Shop. This is a great chance to get a handmade gift for a loved one or to enjoy browsing with some good company. A DJ will be playing fun music, and there will be plenty of vendors to check out! Admission is free, but we can’t promise you won’t be tempted to overspend once you’re inside!

Valentine's Day date ideas of getting pizza and drinks

Deals on Bites to Eat

If you still like the idea of food for Valentine’s Day date ideas, check out some of the places below for discounts and deals being offered:

  • Pizza Hut
    • Heart-shaped pizzas and brownies for a limited time at a discounted price!
  • California Pizza Kitchen
    • Couples can share a three-course meal, including an appetizer, two entrees, and one dessert for only $35
  • White Castle
    • Order the White Castle Love Cube for a meal for two at only $15
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
    • From February 10 to 21, couples can enjoy a four-course dinner for two for only $60 total!

a mother and daughter wearing Valentine's Day headbands

No matter what you end up doing on Valentine’s Day, make sure to tell those close to you how much they mean to you. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the showmanship of the holiday, but it doesn’t have to throw your budget out the window on your Valentine’s Day date ideas. Go out of your way to do something thoughtful for someone, show some kindness to others, and enjoy a treat for yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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